Sky extend win streak to five with victory over Mercury
Chicago spread the wealth with five players in double-digits as the Sky extended their winning streak to five with a 91-75 win over Phoenix. Allie Quigley led the way, putting up a season-high 19 points.
“She’s the best shooter that I’ve ever seen,” head coach James Wade said after the win. “It’s only right that she’s making shots. She’s in a better rhythm. Now she’s used to the players that she’s playing with, and we know where to find her.”
The shooting was hot from the hands of Candace Parker early, putting up 8 of her total 14 points in the first quarter. Chicago shot 78.6% in the opening quarter, putting down 32 points and leading by 20. Phoenix couldn’t find the bottom of the net, shooting just 4-for-20 from the floor.
The early 20-point lead was enough, as the Sky didn’t lose the lead from the start of the game. Phoenix got within single digits in the third quarter, but the depth of Chicago shined once again, with the bench putting up 32 points. Rebekah Gardner led the way off the bench with 11 points.
“They allowed us to rest our starters. It gives us a luxury to not have to ride them so hard, especially right now, 20 games in,” Wade said. “We just have to continue to come, be focused and be ready. The fact that they got 8 assists was good too.”
Chicago went 3-0 on the homestand and have won 9 of their last 11 games. The Sky head back on the road for back-to-back games before the All-Star break.
First up is the Minnesota Lynx on Wednesday, July 6. Tip time is set for 12 p.m. on Marquee Plus. On July 7th, Chicago takes on the Indiana Fever at 6 p.m. on Marquee Sports Network.